BOTANICAL NAME: Hibiscus abelmoschus
Bhavaprakash: Karpuradi varga
ENGLISH NAME: Musk Seed, Musk Mallow, Ambrette Seed.
Punjabi: Mushak Dana, Lata Kasturi
Kannada: Kasturi Kande, Kadu Kastuar
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HABITAT: Throughout the warmer parts and hilly regions of India; also cultivated.
BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION: It is erect, annual or biennial, hirsute herb, 0.6-1.8 m in height
Leaves are polymorphous, lower ovate, acute, upper palmately 3-7 lobed. Flowers are bright yellow, large, solitary, axillary, recemes. Fruit are capsules, 6.5-6.7 cm, long, ovate, acute, hispids. Seeds are subreniform, black, musk scented. Flowering time is in cold season
MAJOR CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS: Fixed Oil and Volatile Oils
- Aphrodisiac-Seeds are soaked in water for 1-2 hours and later added to 4 times hot water. Macerated and filtered.
- Mouth ulcers- The fresh decoction of the seeds is taken by adding sugar candy.
- Burning sensation in scalp –The leaf or root are taken and fine paste is made by pounding with water or aloe vera juice/pulp. This is applied to the forehead or middle of the scalp.
- Dryness of mouth-Fine powder of the seeds is retained in the mouth or chewed. for 5-10 minutes of time.
Trishna Excessive thirst, Mukha Roga Oral disorders, Vasti Roga Urinary bladder disorders.
USEFUL PART: Seeds
DOSAGE: 2- 4 gm in powder form